Help: My dad had a STROKE or TIA last Friday. How do I convince him to go to the doctor!!!

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   Posted 2/12/2010 8:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi. This is my first post in Heart&Cardio... I am a UC paitent, so I normally use the Ulceritive Colitis forum in HW.  So please pardon my ignorance about this subject...
My dad is 62 and has no history of cardio issues. He had been calling me all week but we've been missing each other. Got a hold of him today and he tells me that he thinks he had a stroke last Friday 2/5. Said he had dizzyness, numbness in his right arm, and pain.  Initial symptoms went away, but he said his arm was tingly and numb for almost another 24 hours. Says someting similar, but less severe may have happened about a week prior too. He didn't go to the emergency room!!! Even though he works at the American Cancer Society & there were a bunch of nurses around who told him he needed to go to the hospital right away. It's been a week now and he says he still feels pretty bad. I can't belive he didn't go to the doctor, and still hasn't... I'm really worried and I think I need to convince him to get care immedietly!
He has medical insurance, but is worried about the major costs associated with this sort of thing because he may loose his job soon and dose not want to have a prexisting condition. He thinks that he can take some kind of natural remedy that supposedly unblocks arteries. Really, I think he is just stubborn or in denial of the gravity of the situation. I could really use some advise. Thank you! 

~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~:* ONE LOVE *:~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~
Current Symptoms: None!!!!! In remission since Nov. 2006 (woooohoooo!!!)
History: Diagnosed Oct. 2005, flared for 1 year. Hospitalized 9 days Sept. 2006. 2 Blood transfusions, 1 Remicade injection. Drugs:Asacol,Probiotics (Primadophillis Returi), Fish Oil 1000, MultiVitamin, B-12, Biotin, Vitamin-E oil & Cinnamon pill (occasionally). Diet: Vegetarian (Fish/Eggs/Dairy) & SCD diet (somewhat)

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   Posted 2/13/2010 10:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Dear One Love,

Hello and welcome to our world here in the Heart & Cardiovascular Disease Forum.

Sad to say people who are able to make decisions for themselves have the right to refuse any and all medical treatment. I know how very difficult this is for you as you have your Father's best interest at heart.

It is OK to ask your Father why he has decided to refuse treatment. It is also OK to tell him what you think.

You may say something like "I'm glad you shared your point of view with me." Or, "I wish you would talk to a doctor about your sx and treatment options.

Remember to be firm but gentle and supportive at all times.

I wish you the best and hope your Father agrees to see a physician.

Take care and blessings to you,

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